Elekta Debuts PowerPath v9.5, Featuring a Fully Integrated Advanced Materials Processing Feature at College of American Pathologists Meeting

The Advanced Materials Processing feature set drives cytology and histology workflow

Atlanta, GA United States — Friday, September 24, 2010

Elekta (booth #618) will introduce the latest release of the PowerPath™ anatomic pathology Laboratory Information System (LIS), featuring the fully integrated Advanced Materials Processing (AMP) feature at the CAP ’10 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™, September 26-29, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This feature greatly enhances laboratory workflow solutions for histology and cytology specimens— improving pathology lab efficiency and reducing errors.

PowerPath’s integrated case materials tracking and management feature uses bar code technology. Case materials are tracked from the point of accession through processing and diagnosis to filing or discard.

"By adding the management of cytology workflow to PowerPath, Elekta provides a more complete solution for AP laboratories," says Rob MacMillan, Vice President of Product Management for EMR, Lab and Registry.

PowerPath’s case materials tracking and management feature improves patient safety by enforcing the link between the material and the case record. Each time a specimen, block, slide or vial is scanned, PowerPath displays identifying information, such as patient name or case number—reducing the likelihood the user will process the wrong material or select an incorrect patient.

PowerPath maintains a tracking record of every scanned event, readily available for Client Service functions. At any time, the user can view the event log to quickly locate available, shipped or overdue loaned materials. This feature is compatible with many commonly used bar code scanners and supports several 1D and 2D bar code formats. Laboratories can customize their bar code labels as needed using these formats.

"Integrating barcoding technology fully into the anatomical pathology LIS is long overdue," states George Rugg, Senior Vice President for LIS and Decision Support. "Taking what used to be an optional module, enhancing it and integrating it into the core application reinforces the necessity of such a feature," says Rugg. "In addition, it matches what has been a standard of practice for clinical pathology information systems for well over a decade."

 

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About Elekta

Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.

Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,300 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. Website: www.elekta.com.

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